D R O U G H T

EVEN NOW

THIS VERY MINUTE

(NOT SOME FAR-OFF FUTURE)

THERE IS NOT ENOUGH

DRINKING WATER

FOR ALL THE PEOPLE

MORE LANDS ARE SUFFERING DROUGHT

THE WELLS THAT RUN DRY

STAY DRY

SO

MORE REFUGEES

Science Mag: River basins on the edge of change. Water scarcity after the Millennium Drought [in SE Australia] reveals the finite resilience of water systems By Flavia Tauro = a summary of:

Rainfall may not be enough to end hydrological drought Watersheds may not recover from drought. F. Tauro & T. J. Peterson et al. Science Mag 2021-05-14, 730 ff

In modern farmer mag https://modernfarmer.com/2021/06/western-drought-forces-farmers-to-make-tough-decisions/#comment-38226 there’s a true story with small-time farmers being driven out of California. One family was thinking of going to the normally rainy NW coast. Guess what? Seattle and the Olympic Peninsula have NOT had normal rainfall lately. So those drought refugees are going to Illinois.

Well it’s true that the South(east) has seen more precip, the (northern) Midwest even more and especially the Northeast even more – a 71% increase ! – but a lot of this has come in “extreme events.”  https://www.c2es.org/content/extreme-precipitation-and-climate-change/ ; In other words, this extra rainfall will not be easy to catch and use. Increased water conservation and control measures will be needed, including flood control, in areas where they have not previously been considered a priority. So we in the Northeast will be welcoming “drought refugees” for … we don’t know how long.

WHAT CAN WE DO?

My comment in modern farmer

How ’bout not poopin’ in the water inside your house?

Another reader commented they needed more reservoirs in California:

Great. I love evaporation.

How ’bout rain collection in barrels & cisterns? How ’bout drip irrigation? How ’bout hydroponics? How ’bout urban agriculture and veritcal farming? Anybody ever read, like, Jared Diamond? Book called “Catastrophe?” From, like, 2005, y’know?

Here’s what you can expect: Besides California, most of the people in Australia and South Africa, millions, will soon be “drought refugees.”  Get ready to:

Welcome your new neighbors!

Cheers from Bobby